What do water fountains, rocket jet packs, and graduation robes all have in common? Emeritus Professor Salim T.S. Al-Hassani reveals the enduring innovation legacy of Muslim civilization.
Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani is currently an Emeritus Professor of
Mechanical Engineering and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the School
of languages, Linguistics and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities,
University of Manchester. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
FSTC, Editor in Chief of MuslimHeritage.com, and founder of 1001inventions.com.
Of special interest is his pioneering work in the history of science,
where he has made his mark in the application of applied modern
engineering analysis to recreate, in 3D virtual space, ancient machines,
especially those invented b Muslims during the 'Golden Age', and which
later became the foundation of modern science and industry.
In addition to his academic work, Professor Salim Al-Hassani is leading
a campaign for promoting the "Cultural Roots of Science" as a platform
for community cohesion, world peace and prevention of extremism.
This initiative is successful in promoting greater cohesion, respect
and understanding between faiths and cultures. Its major value is not
only in closing the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK and
worldwide, but also in promoting the concept of scientific and
technological innovation as a positive and constructive channel for the
personal expression of belief, as a alternative to religious
isolationalism and extremism and more particularly in facilitating
greater understanding of the past positive role of Muslim women in
society with particular emphasis on their participation in Science,
Technology, Art and Culture. Furthermore, it reveals a Muslim past when
Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sabians and others worked closely together
and in harmony to develop society.
Professor Al-Hassani authored and edited more than 300 publications on Muslim Heritage, including the ground breaking book 1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in our World (Manchester: FSTC, 2006; 2nd edition 2008; Turkish translation in 2010). The 1001 Inventions
book is considered to be essential reading for all those interested to
learn about the role of Muslim inventions in today’s schools,
universities, homes, hospitals, markets, cities, world and universe.
In his academic role, Professor Al-Hassani held the chair of High
Energy Rate Engineering at UMIST when he was acknowledged as a world
expert in decommissioning of offshore installations and in major
plant-related accident investigations. Since 1968, he has published over
200 papers in international scientific journals and books. He has
supervised 40 PhD, 50 MSc and numerous post-doctoral fellows from all
parts of the world. He has received numerous awards and held patents on